Visual residue from Bok Technical School's past
Vacant America is the vision of Klip Collective artists Ricardo Rivera and Josh James to create a series of visual installations about our changing built environment. Through their residency at Bok, they are exploring interpretive storytelling through immersive mediums, such as installation art and virtual reality. With its first installment in the former Girls’ Gymnasium, the duo seeks to capture the history and tangible memories contained in the former school.
Before the end of the installation, we documented the experience using our custom VR stereoscopic camera rig. This allowed us a new immersive format to showcase our projection mapping work.
"At Bok, we want to peel back the layers of history and tangible memories contained inside this former school. We sourced as much as we could from the building, such as old yearbooks, desks, chairs, transparencies, vinyl records, and other teaching materials. We poured over interviews from alumni and former staff.
What we present is a meditative state of audio and visual chaos. The thousands of names of people that came through this school, the geometry slides that were projected on classroom walls, and the sheet music of the school song that once echoed in the halls. We begin with the words and portraits from the students of the 1940s through the ‘60s. Over time, the installation will evolve as we add to the library of visual and audio content from subsequent years, from other artifacts, and new interviews, bringing the installation to our current day."